Even though we may not all be flocking to the nearest tropical beaches and five-star resorts quite yet, it’s never too early to start dreaming. I figure why not escape into a warmer state of mind and talk about what to pack on our next warm-weather vacation. The past few years, I have taken a warm-weather getaway around this time, and also with Spring Break coming up, it feels appropriate. Soon, when things start to open up again and it becomes safer to travel this guide will be more relevant. In the meantime, let’s begin the discussion of what to pack on your next warm-weather vacation. If nothing else, it will get you excited about future vacations and will give you something to look forward to this year!
Bathing suits are probably the most important item to bring with you to the beach, resort, a cruise, or whichever warm weather destination you choose. So, I would suggest bringing a variety of styles especially since they are small, light and don’t take up too much space in your luggage. Bring a couple of one-pieces, high-waisted bottoms in neutral colors and fun colored tops that way you can mix and match.
Cover-ups and bathing suits go hand-in-hand when laying out by the pool or beach. Cover-ups come in many forms, so I like to bring a variety of styles. I love a short white or black tunic style that goes with everything that I can just throw on to go. Or, I love a long colorful kaftan usually in a fun print to go over a neutral bathing suit. Another option is a lightweight sarong which you can tie around your waist or neck and wear as a dress. These cover-ups are all great options to wear over your bathing suits to go out to lunch or take a walk on the beach.
DRESSES & ROMPERS
I always throw in a couple of dressier outfits for dinners out on the town or even if you plan on doing a dressier lunch out one day. Pack a couple of options like an off-the-shoulder sundress or two, a long linen spaghetti strap maxi dress, and some stylish rompers. You can always dress them up with sandals and fun accessories of your choice.
FLOWY PANTS & CROP TOPS
Flowy lightweight high-waisted pants & crop tops are another fun way to dress when on a beach vacation. You can find high-waisted pants in bold, eye-catching prints and pair them with solid crop tops or you can get matching bold-colored sets. It’s fun to be adventurous with color and prints when on vacation, especially in a tropical location.
SHORTS & LIGHTWEIGHT TOPS
Toss in a few pairs of high-waisted paper-bag shorts or jean cut-off shorts which are great for day excursions or as daywear options. Lightweight, breathable tops, T-shirts, and tanks will pair perfectly with this relaxed laid-back beach look. You can even front-tuck or take your tops and tie them in a front knot for a cool, casual style.
I usually bring a variety of sandals on a beach vacation. From pool slides, a pair of classic brown leather sandals, a black flip flop, and a few pairs of dressier sandals that wrap up the leg for example. If you like to wear heels and wedges to dinners out, I would suggest bringing one pair of those too. Also, if you plan on walking a lot you may want to bring a pair of comfortable walking sandals like Teva’s or Birkenstocks.
Wide-brimmed hats are great for laying out and protecting your face from the sun. I also like bringing a couple of baseball caps as they are easier to pack and one smaller hat like a fedora for nonhair washing days. Bright colored scarves are another cute way to style and accessorize your hair too.
A casual bag like a large tote or backpack is a must to carry all of your essentials with you down to the pool or beach. Fill it with all the goods like sunscreen, a kindle, magazines, headphones, etc. Beach bags that can also double as handbags are best because you can use them as your daytime purse for most of the trip too. For the night, bring a small clutch to carry with you out to dinner.
Your shades are a must when packing for a tropical vacation and I usually bring about two pairs. One classic and one oversized pair – usually in tortoise and in black. Sometimes I will purchase sunglasses when I’m on vacation too which is always a fun item to seek out. But, take a couple of pairs with you just in case.
Enjoy your tropical vacation in the sun!
Q: I am invited to a couple of weddings this spring and they are both completely different dress codes. Can you break down the proper dress code or what to wear to weddings by type of occasion?
A: Absolutely! Picking out that perfect dress or outfit can be confusing as it is not to mention when you have to factor in a specific dress code. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are the definitions of the most common types of weddings and what to wear for each occasion.
Casual weddings do not mean jeans but they also do not require heels. You can meet in the middle and opt for a cute sundress and flats or nice sandals. This would be a fun opportunity to wear a romper, playsuit, skirt and shirt set or shirtdress. Of course, in springy colors and patterns too like florals, pastels, and polka dots. I would also consider a neutral short and blazer combo with a satin camisole underneath. You could add pointed flats or espadrilles and a straw tote too!
Semi-formal suggests cocktail attire or dressy separates and heels. Spring dresses are fun, flirty and their aesthetic totally fits in with the theme of wedding florals, laces, and all-around romance. For spring, I would consider a long delicate maxi dress with Grecian vibes, a chic floral-print wrap dress, or a lace off-the-shoulder cocktail dress. Complete the looks with lace-up square toe sandals and statement earrings.
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL WEDDINGS
This basically means dressier cocktail attire and normally they take place in the evenings. If it’s not at a fancy hotel then it will be some other posh five-star establishment. So, dress to impress. Stand out and shine in sequins like a long sleeve black cocktail dress if you want to forego the long gowns. Choose one with eye-catching details like cut-outs or bold shoulders and add black patent pumps. Another great black-tie optional choice would be a sleek jumpsuit in a dark color. A very minimalistic look which you could accessorize with gold or sparkly jewelry.
FORMAL WEDDINGS OR BLACK TIE WEDDINGS
Break out your ballgowns or fanciest cocktail dresses of them all ladies because this is a black-tie-only event. Go all out and wear a full-length gown for this occasion. If you decide to wear a one-shoulder or sleeveless dress make sure to add a faux fur stole or some sort of elegant capelet to add the drama. Plus it’s in the evening and you will get cold. Or you could even wear long gloves, season permitting. Otherwise, long-sleeve gowns are also a lovely option. Ankle strap heels and a black clutch will polish this look off to perfection.
As we prepare for the upcoming spring months ahead, it’s time to evaluate your closet again to make sure your outfits are in check too. In past posts, we have talked about trending pieces and how they can amplify your look when blended together with everyday basics. Basics are essential to every women’s collection as they provide the foundation. The key is to start off with the essential spring base items (or spring capsule wardrobe), so you’ll be able to layer in the statement pieces. Those statement pieces are the ones that will help you define your personal style. Below is a checklist of the essential pieces every woman should own for spring organized by category.
Calling all swimmers to the pool! It’s adult swim time! If you’re like me, then you’ve long awaited a turn back at the beaches, public pools, resorts, etc. Even if it is the middle of winter, let’s turn the spotlight on resort wear. And even if we can’t necessarily travel to the finest resorts right away, we can still dream. Or, maybe you are that lucky and live in an area with a warm climate and have your own pool. Either way, here we will discuss the latest trends in 2021 swimwear with the high hopes that we will be walking on those beaches and swimming in those pools very soon.
I live for a high-waisted two-piece bathing suit style. Personally, I feel they are the most flattering of them all. This year, the ’90s and 2000’s styles are in fashion. So, Halle Berry’s iconic orange belted two-piece in the James Bond movie Die Another Day, is a trend we will be seeing more of. Only in a high-waisted version. Those 90’s high-waisted, high cut bikini bottoms are back too and in bright neon colors (especially orange) with matching tube tops.
Neutrals: Black, Brown, Beige
It’s like the LBD but the LBB, the little black bikini. You can’t go wrong in a classic black bathing suit and many of the latest trends are showing two-piece suits in classic triangle top and bottom. In addition, brown was a major trend during the fall of last year and continues to make a splash this spring. This time in swimwear. This is definitely the color of the season that you’ll want to wear this spring/summer – plus it will look great with your tan/spray tan. Beige is another neutral color that is trending which is cool and elegant for swimwear.
Ruffles add a touch of femininity to any look and many 2021 swimwear designs are showing ruffles in many forms. Soft, delicate ruffles in floral prints are being shown on two-piece tops and bottoms which are fairly standard. Then, alternatively, there is volume. Ruffles are being played up at large volumes – quite similar to many trending styles we saw last fall/winter. In swimwear, large ruffles appear on shoulders in asymmetric styles and on the collar on one-piece styles. The bigger the better, and it makes a large fashion statement.
Oftentimes the fabric you choose is just as important as the style you choose. This new smocked elastic or textured fabric is a really thin style of smocking and it’s also really soft to the touch. So, it’s not your typical feminine type of smocking you see with ruffles. It’s more of a modern spin on the fabrication, with texture, and typically designed with stretch to fit comfortably. They come in one or two-piece styles. So, opt for a classic one-piece or retro-style square neckline bikini. I can’t wait to get my hands on this trending swimwear style this season!
Tiger, leopard, cheetah…all the animal prints! They are all making a fierce comeback again this season in swimwear and I don’t think we’re mad about it. The best part is that these prints generally are considered part of your neutral color palette, which is why they are easy to mix and match. I love pairing them with bold pops of color or unique prints too with cover-ups and caftans. Or, you could go the more neutral route and pair them with black, white, or neutral color tones. There are lots of ways to wear animal prints, belted or as a strapless one-piece which are fun options. Just be sure to bring your wild side!
Asymmetrical silhouettes have really turned up the heat on your average one-piece bathing suit which is why they are a major trending swimwear 2021 style. They are showing up all across the board on one-pieces, bikini tops, and even cut-out bathing suits. They have a really unique way of taking an average bathing suit and taking it to the next level or giving it that wow factor. Another fun way to wear this style is by mixing trends. Wearing an asymmetrical, textured style in brown for example. You will score major fashion points there.
Finally, we saw some of this last year, but sporty bathing suits are trending this year. That goes for long sleeves, rash guards, bathing suits with zippers, and performance swimwear. Also designer brands names with logos, high cut one-piece bottoms (think Baywatch), and other sporty details like drawstrings with toggles. So, if you are looking to compete for the best in style, this may be the right swimwear choice for you.
Here’s to hoping we all get to enjoy some fun in the sun in the very near future! Don’t forget the SPF!
Q: Can you help me with ideas of what to wear this year for Easter?
A: Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party! So this Easter get dressed up in your Sunday’s best with this season’s fun, seasonal outfit options! It’s time to shed the winter layers and start looking forward to spring fashion – which means florals, pinks, lace, and more. Here are some cute ideas of what to wear this Easter.
Q: I really want to try out the new sweater vest trend. Tell me all the ways to wear one!
A: The sweater vest trend is kind of a fun one, is it not? It’s unique, androgynous and, in a way, you don’t know what to make of it. Which is why it makes this trend so intriguing. There are many different styles from the oversized, voluminous fitting sweater vests to the more tailored versions. So, let’s discuss some of my favorite ways to style a sweater vest.
We have officially reached the halfway point of the winter season! Like most everything in life, I like to plan ahead especially when it comes to next season’s fashion trends. I, like many of you, am ready to remove the bulky layers in exchange for some light and airy spring-forward pieces. Springtime is a season of renewal which is also the best time to refresh your wardrobe with new updates. So, here are some of the top fashion trends for spring 2021 that you’ll want to know.
Q: I’m going on a date for Valentine’s Day and want to dress cute and stylish but it’s been so long since I have pulled a pretty look together. What are some fun outfit ideas for a Valentine’s Day date?
A: It’s so fun to dress up for a Valentine’s Day date! Whether you are going out to eat at a fancy restaurant or staying in and having food prepared, dressing up for your date makes it feel special. So, why not put the sweats aside for one day and get dolled up for a change? Here are a few outfit ideas for what to wear on a Valentine’s Day date that will make you look beautiful and feel like a total knockout this year!
You know how the saying goes, “see the world through rose colored glasses?” This means to see the world better than it really is – which isn’t really such a bad idea. I suppose with that kind of positivity you could make anything happen. Well, I’m here to tell you that rose colored lenses may be making a comeback this year. Along with various other sunglasses trends. Plus, aren’t we all ready to get outside, throw some shades on and hang out in the sunlight?! Yes, please! So, for that reason, I put together a list of trending sunglasses styles, so you’ll be well ahead of the game come spring/summer. And, how to look for the right frames according to your face shape, in case you may need a reminder. Together, these tips will help you build your best sunglasses collection for 2021.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Don’t let this holiday slip away without showing your loved ones that you care this year. Valentine’s Day is a good time to remind and be reminded that you are loved. Are you struggling to come up with the perfect gift ideas for all of your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? This year’s guide ensures there is something for everyone on your list from big gifts to small ones to show how much you care. Also, be sure to read our “Love’s New Normal” blog to learn all about how love languages and gifting expectations have changed since the start of the pandemic.